Saint Mary's Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

Saint Mary's Awarded Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers

03-10-2015

SAINT MARY'S REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER AWARDED ADVANCED CERTIFICATION FOR PRIMARY STROKE CENTERS

RENO, Nev. – Tuesday, March 10, 2015 –Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center announced that it has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers. The Gold Seal of Approval and the Heart-Check mark represent symbols of quality from their respective organizations. Saint Mary's underwent a rigorous onsite review and Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with stroke-related standards and requirements, including program management, the delivery of clinical care and performance improvement.

"Saint Mary's has thoroughly demonstrated the greatest level of commitment to the care of stroke patients through its Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers," said Michele Sacco, M.S., interim executive director, Certification Programs. "We commend Saint Mary's for becoming a leader in stroke care, potentially providing a higher standard of service for stroke patients in its community."

Receiving the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's Heart-Check mark for Advanced Certification for Primary Stroke Centers is beneficial because it improves the quality of patient care by reducing variation in clinical processes, helps to maintain a consistently high-level of quality, using effective data-driven performance improvement and provides an objective assessment of clinical excellence. Additionally, certification provides an opportunity for staff to develop their skills and knowledge and promotes a culture of excellence across the organization.

"We congratulate Saint Mary's for achieving this designation," said Nancy Brown, chief executive officer, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. "By adhering to this very specific set of treatment guidelines, Saint Mary's has clearly made it a priority to deliver high quality care to all patients affected by stroke."

"Saint Mary's is pleased to receive advanced certification from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association," said Heather Schofield, RN, BSN, stroke program coordinator at Saint Mary's. "The certification provides us with the opportunity to highlight the exceptional stroke care we provide as well as to continually strive to advance our care even further."

Stroke is the number four cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. On average, someone suffers a stroke every 40 seconds; someone dies of a stroke every four minutes; and 795,000 people suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year.

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Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center

Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center based in Reno, Nev. is a 380-bed acute care hospital offering inpatient, outpatient and wellness services. Nationally recognized and accredited by the Joint Commission, Saint Mary's offers a robust line of services including a top-rated Center for Cancer featuring the region's only CyberKnife radiosurgery delivery system, state-of-the-art William N. Pennington Emergency Room and Senior ER and a Cardiology program dedicated to long-term wellness. The health system also operates a fully-integrated Medical Group and a state-of-the-art Center for Health & Fitness. As a long-standing community partner, Saint Mary's is dedicated to ensuring the health and wellness of northern Nevada remains strong. For more information, visit www.saintmarysreno.com.

The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 20,500 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including hospitals and health care organizations that provide ambulatory and office-based surgery, behavioral health, home care, laboratory and nursing home services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. The Joint Commission has two nonprofit affiliate organizations: The Joint Commission Center for Transforming Healthcare aims to solve health care's most critical safety and quality problems and Joint Commission Resources (JCR) provides consulting services, educational services and publications. Joint Commission International, a division of JCR, accredits and certifies international health care organizations. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

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